I just booted my Raspberry Pi, and created a new user, nacht.

Currently upon boot, I get a prompt logged in as pi but I want to be logged in as nacht. How do I change this setting?

Or should I simply rename the pi user?

My OS is Raspian.

  • Renaming 'pi' should be fine if you don't have any better idea.
    – gronostaj
    Sep 21, 2013 at 10:07
  • Yeah I may do that... would still like an answer to my question about booting though...
    – Nacht
    Sep 21, 2013 at 10:10
  • perhaps it simply boots to whoever has uid=1000?
    – Nacht
    Sep 21, 2013 at 10:12
  • Please post the output of sudo grep '/bin/login' /etc/inittab (if it outputs anything)
    – gronostaj
    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:25
  • I've actually fixed this via raspi-config but would still like to know how to do it on a regular linux machine. sudo grep '/bin/login' /etc/inittab gives nothing, but as i've said, i've fixed this now. it appears my machine uses getty instead?
    – Nacht
    Sep 25, 2013 at 8:02

1 Answer 1


open up the file:

sudo vim /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

Change the following line to your username:

  • 3
    What about for console autologin? (lightdm is only for GUI, right?)
    – jacobq
    Jan 7, 2019 at 17:28

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